I was trained in engineering disciplines, doing research for biomedical applications. This ministry is not a common ministry that most people think a Sister should do or be involved in. I have also worked in a non-Catholic environment with people from various faiths who come from different countries including Iran, India, Cuba, and China, who were curious about how my ministry connects with being a religious sister. Even people who grew up in this country, Catholic or non-Catholic, are curious about my religious life and ministry. Continue reading →
Do you dream of doing something more with your life? Are you longing for deeper meaning and sometimes feel that there is more to life than what you are currently doing? Maybe God is inviting you to explore becoming a Dominican Sister of Peace. Share your gifts with others who want to make a difference in the world. For more information, contact us to begin a conversation.
Gold ribbons waving through the air accompanied the opening song, Envia tu Espiritu – Send out your Spirit, of the National Religious Vocation Conference’s convocation in Overland Park, KS. The Spirit was indeed alive and flowing throughout the entire gathering of 300 Vocation Ministers from the US and around the world. Sr. Pat Dual, OP, and I attended and were enriched by our time with our fellow vocation ministers, discerners, supporters, presiders and presenters.
On Saturday, we were joined by six young religious who were invited to be panelists for a conversation about religious life today, discernment, thoughts on the present and future realities of their respective congregations and words of wisdom for those discerning a vocation to religious life. I was touched, inspired, challenged and so proud of these men and women who have courageously and selflessly embraced this counter-cultural vocation in today’s world. Continue reading →
In the Scriptures in Ecclesiastes, we are told that there is a time for everything. During November 6-12, 2016, we celebrate National Vocational Awareness Week. It is a time to really highlight efforts to foster a culture of vocations by heightening our awareness about vocations in the Church. In addition to increasing our awareness of consecrated religious life in the Church, this week is a time to pray collectively for others to answer the call to religious life, priesthood and the diaconate. It is also a time when we can express gratitude for the consecrated women and men who have impacted our own life and faith journey. Continue reading →
Since it’s my turn to write this week’s blog, I decided to do a Google search for observances during the month of November. I was delighted to see that one of my favorite comfort foods is observed in the celebration of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. As a child and as an adult, I’ve never grown tired of indulging my senses regularly with the creamy, salty flavor of a good spoonful or spread of peanut butter on toast, crackers, apples, etc. I can enjoy deliciously savoring this treat morning, noon, or evening. Continue reading →
Responding to Pope Francis’ Call – “…More incisive female presence”
The changing colors of nature in the fall season reflect the process of letting go of life as it is in the Summer in order to give birth to new life in the coming Spring. Adding to this Fall spirit of transformation, on the weekend of October 7-9, about 260 people around the country gathered together in Ferdinand, IN, for the “Women of the Church” conference. Among the many participants were women religious from various congregations, priests and seminarians, and young lay men and women. A large group of seminarians was very active in the event by helping with transportation, food and dinner. The conference was held in response to Pope Francis’ call for “a more incisive female presence” in the Catholic Church. Continue reading →